NBAA’s 19th Annual Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference to Open Tomorrow; Event Expected to Break Attendance Records

Contact: Dan Hubbard at (202) 783-9360 or

WASHINGTON, DC, January 28, 2008 – The National Business Aviation Association’s (NBAA’s) 19th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Conference will open tomorrow. The four-day event will be held January 29 through February 1, at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center in Savannah, GA.

The NBAA S&D Conference provides the most up-to-date information on issues directly related to the profession. Topics for the Conference are relevant to all schedulers and dispatchers, from beginner to advanced level, and also have value for anyone involved with flight department operations, including pilots. Attendance at last year’s event was the highest to date, with more than 2,400 Attendees and 351 Exhibiting Companies, but this year’s event already has broken Exhibitor records with a sold out exhibit floor and 391 Exhibiting Companies.

The NBAA S&D Conference is designed to keep schedulers and dispatchers informed of the top technologies and best practices for supporting safe and efficient management of company personnel and aviation resources. This year, the Conference will focus on operations in the National Airspace System, cross-border trends, security best practices and the latest management and customer service techniques. In addition to a host of sessions, meetings and networking events, highlights of the agenda include:

Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

A reception will be held to welcome Attendees when the exhibit hall officially opens at Savannah’s International Trade & Convention Center.

Opening General Session, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Keynote speaker Tom Whittaker, author of Higher Purpose, will open the Conference by sharing how “Attitude Determines Your Altitude.” In 1998, Tom became the first disabled person to summit Mt. Everest. After a foot amputation in 1979, Whittaker created the Cooperative Wilderness Handicapped Outdoor Group. This groundbreaking work, now in its 27th year, led Newsweek magazine to name him as one of “America’s Unsung Heroes.”

S&D Committee Welcome, 2008 Scholarship Presentations and SPDP Recognition, 8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

NBAA’s 2008 S&D scholarship recipients and Schedulers Professional Development Program (SPDP) plaque recipients will be announced, followed by a presentation by keynote speaker Bill Garvey, editor-in-chief of Business & Commercial Aviation magazine.

Grand Prize Luncheon, 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m.

Keynote speaker NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will present, and Attendees can enter to win a series of prizes awarded by event sponsors.

Throughout the S&D Conference week, NBAA will post articles, press releases, photos, podcasts and presentations online at the S&D News Bureau web site, located at

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Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the National Business Aviation Association, Inc. (NBAA) is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. The Association represents more than 8,000 companies and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention, the world’s largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at

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